Friday, April 9, 2010

Thursday (4/8) Recaps

Five of the six scheduled games were played Thursday, with Eastlake @ Lake Washington the lone cancellation in what was a crazy weather day.
  • Redmond 10, Roosevelt 0 - Senior Ryan Beliel struck out seven over six scoreless innings as the Mustangs won their sixth straight, 10-0 over Roosevelt. The shutout was the fourth in five games for Redmond, who has not lost since their KingCo opener against Newport. Fellow senior Josh Bircher paced the offense with three hits and three runs scored.
  • Issaquah 13, Ballard 1 - Issaquah's bats came back to life in this one, as the Eagles scored 5 runs in the first and last frames en route to a 13-1 win over Ballard. Senior Spencer Rogers was the star, striking out 9 in a comlete game 3-hitter and also going 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored for Issy, who remained one game out of first place with the win. Other offensive contributors included Mike Paulson (2-for-3, double, 3 RBI, 3 runs), Conner Young (2-for-3, double, HR, 2 RBI) and Grant Gellatly (2-for-5, 2 runs scored). The Beavers, who were fresh off their upset of previously unbeaten Newport, got doubles from Steven Weber and Danny Thompson in defeat.
  • Newport 7, Bothell 3 - The Knights responded well to their first loss of the season, chasing Bothell starter Evan Hudson with a 6-run fifth inning and topping the Cougars, 7-3. Senior Jeff Gonzales was key to the victory, allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs over 6 innings of work to improve to 3-0 on the season. The offense was balanced, with five different Knights driving in runs. Junior Brian McAfee remained on a roll for Bothell, picking up 2 more hits and an RBI. Newport remains tied with Redmond atop the Crest Division at 6-1, while Bothell falls into a second place tie with Woodinville at 4-3.
  • Inglemoor 8, Garfield 1 - The Vikings continued their cruise through the KingCo 4A conference, winning their seventh straight game, 8-1 over Garfield. The last four wins have been especially impressive, as Inglemoor has outscored their opponents 40-10. The key to the win streak has been hot starts, as Inglemoor has scored two or more runs in the first inning in 6 straight games. Mitchell Gonsolus and Scott Meyers each drove in two for the lone remaining unbeaten in the league (7-0).
  • Woodinville 1, Skyline 0 - A good ol' fashioned pitchers duel took place at Woodinville HS Thursday night, as senior Matt Stefansson's RBI single in the first inning was the only run in a 1-0 Falcon victory. Woodinville's Luke Taylor and Skyline's Jayce Nelson (both seniors) were dealing all night, with the teams combining for just 3 hits. Nelson, who was the tough luck loser, allowed 2 hits and an earned run while striking out seven. Meanwhile, Taylor, who is signed to play at the University of Hawaii, dominated the Spartans, allowing just one hit while striking out 5 in the complete game shutout.
The Eastlake - Lake Washington rainout has been rescheduled for Friday night at 5:00 pm at Lee Johnson Field.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Inglemoor Lone Unbeaten Remaining

The KingCo 4A conference returned to action on Tuesday, with all six games able to avoid the raindrops and get completed. At the end of the day, Inglemoor stood alone as the only unbeaten team left in conference play...
  • Inglemoor 10, Eastlake 0 - Another fast start for Inglemoor, as they scored 5 in the first and 3 more in the second to cruise to a 10-0 five-inning win over Eastlake. Seniors Scott Meyers and Ethan Yeo each drove in 3 runs for the Viks, who are the lone unbeaten team left in the KingCo 4A conference. Obi Taylor pitched four shutout innings before handing the ball over to Brendan Cook to complete the shutout. Reigning Crest Division player of the Week Peter Meuisi continued to swing a hot stick, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI on the day.
  • Ballard 8, Newport 6 - The Beavers carried an 8-3 lead into the seventh inning and held off a late charge to stun previously unbeaten Newport, 8-6. David Doerr was the hero offensively for Ballard, finishing the day 2-for-3 with 4 RBI. Senior left-hander Charlie Beaudoin picked up the win, striking out 8 and allowing 5 earned in 6 innings of work. Junior Jared Fisher took the loss for the Knights despite striking out nine Beaver hitters in 5 innings pitched. Sophomore Nate Anderson homered and drove in two for Newport, who falls into a first place tie in the Crest Division with Redmond at 5-1.
  • Lake Washington 9, Skyline 1 - Senior Trevor Dunlap tossed five shutout innings and fellow senior Colin Tremblay drove in 3 runs as the Kangs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-1 win over Skyline. Dunlap allowed just 4 hits and no walks, striking out 6 in the contest. Junior Nori Shimizu scored three times and sophomore Theo Alexander was 2-4 with 2 RBI for LW, who improved to 3-3 with the win. Skyline drops to 1-4, with Anthony DeMatteo and Nate Litka providing extra base hits in the loss.
  • Garfield 6, Bothell 2 - Senior Frank Pavia homered in a 5-run fifth, as the Bulldogs snapped Bothell's four-game win streak with a 6-2 win over the Cougars. Bothell had 10 hits on the day, including 3 by senior Gene Watson, but could only muster 2 first inning runs. Ian Zapolsky scattered nine hits in 5 innings to pick up the win for Garfield, their first in KingCo play this season.
  • Issaquah 4, Roosevelt 0 - Senior Shane Yarnell tossed a one-hit shutout and added two doubles at the plate to lead the Eagles past Roosevelt, 4-0. Yarnell struck out 5 Roughriders and didn't walk a batter, needing just 76 pitches to get through his seven innings to improve to 4-0 on the season. Ben Rosellini was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, as Issaquah snapped a mini two-game slide to improve to 4-2 in league play.
  • Redmond 4, Woodinville 3 - The Mustangs scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning, fighting back from a 3-1 deficit to top Woodinville, 4-3. Redmond's trio of top-flight juniors carried the load offensively, as Michael Conforto (2-for-3, 2 doubles), Dylan Davis (2-for-2, HR, 2 RBI) and Zach Abbruzza (solo home run) drove in three of the four Redmond runs. Senior Matt Kimmel picked up the win in relief, working an inning and two-thirds of scoreless baseball, striking out each batter he retired (5). Sophomore Spencer Greer took the loss for the Falcons, who got a solo blast from senior Dan McMillan in defeat.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Week 2 KingCo Awards

KingCo 4A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 2: March 29 - April 3, 2010

Crest Division
Player of the Week: Michael Conforto, Jr., Redmond

Michael Conforto, a junior infielder for the Mustangs, is the winner of the Crest Division Player of the Week for week 2 of KingCo play. The second-team All-KingCo performer as a sophomore in 2009, Conforto homered twice and drove in 4 runs in Redmond's perfect week. He finished the three game set 4-for-8 with 4 runs scored.

Also nominated: None

Pitcher of the Week: Zach Abbruzza, Jr., Redmond

In a week with many impressive pitching performances, Redmond junior Zach Abbruzza takes home the pitching award for the Crest Division in week 2. Facing an Issaquah lineup that was averaging 11.8 runs per game in 4 KingCo contests, Abbruzza was in control from start to finish, allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks in five shutout innings. Not one Eagle runner made it past second base, and the junior right-hander struck out five in the process. The shutout completed a week where Redmond did not allow a single run, outscoring their three opponents, 20-0.

Also nominated: Dylan Davis, Redmond; Jared Fisher, Newport; Cole Wiper, Newport

Crown Division
Player of the Week: Peter Meuisi, Jr., Inglemoor
Continuing the trend of junior award winners is Peter Meuisi, Inglemoor's third baseman, who is the Crown Division player of the week for week 2. Meuisi had an incredible week for the Vikings, finishing the three games 6-for-8 with a double, triple, grand slam and 7 RBI. His grand slam came in a six-run first inning of Inglemoor's 10-7 win over Lake Washington, which completed their sweep of the Crown Division.

Also nominated: Marc Dickerson, Inglemoor; Brian McAfee, Bothell

Pitcher of the Week: Dustin Doucette, Jr., Inglemoor
Inglemoor junior right-hander Dustin Doucette is the fourth and final award winner, taking home Crown Pitcher of the Week honors in week 2. Doucette was dominant in two relief efforts, picking up a win and a save in 5 innings of work. The junior allowed just 3 hits and a run while striking out 9 batters, including eight consecutive punchouts in Inglemoor's 10-7 win over LW on Friday night. Doucette was also nominated last week, and is off to a great start out of the Viking bullpen.

Also nominated: Charlie Beaudoin, Roosevelt

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Weekend Results (4/2 - 4/3)

The rain and windy conditions on Friday carried into the weekend, with 4 of the 6 games getting played either Friday or Saturday...

Crest Division
  • Redmond 11, Issaquah 0 - Junior Zach Abbruzza was a one-man wrecking crew, 1-hitting the Eagles in 5 scoreless innings in addition to homering and driving in 5 as Redmond pounded Issaquah, 11-0. Fellow juniors Michael Conforto (2-for-2, HR) and Dylan Davis (3-for-3, double) helped pace the Mustangs' 13-hit attack. Abbruzza's performance on the mound was particularly impressive considering the Eagles' potent offense, which came into the game averaging nearly 12 runs per game in KingCo play. The shutout completed a scoreless week for Redmond's pitching staff, as the 'Stangs outscored their opponents 20-0 in a perfect 3-0 week.
  • Newport 12, Eastlake 0 - Junior Cole Wiper tossed a 5-inning no-hitter, walking 3 and striking out 4 in a 12-0 win over Eastlake. Wiper needed just 69 pitches in the complete game, helping the Knights complete a clean sweep of the Crest Division. Jared Fisher was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI as Newport put the game away with an 8-run third inning. The loss dropped the Wolves to 1-4.

Crown Division
  • Inglemoor 10, Lake Washington 7 - Junior third baseman Peter Meuisi hit a grand slam in a 6-run first inning as the Vikings improved to 5-0 in KingCo play with a 10-7 win over the Kangs on a cold, breezy night at Valhalla. Inglemoor jumped out to a 9-0 lead on LW, and held off a late rally for the victory. Dustin Doucette worked three innings in relief of Spencer Trautmann to pick up the win, at one point striking out 8 straight Lake Washington batters. Junior Spencer Jackson was 2-for-3 with a triple and 3 RBI and sophomore Theo Alexander added two hits for the Kangs, who lost their third straight to drop to 2-3 in league.
  • Bothell 9, Roosevelt 1 - Bothell once again used the long ball to their advantage, slugging three home runs in a 9-1 win over Roosevelt on Saturday. Brian McAfee, Ryan Morgan and Gene Watson all homered and drove in 2 runs, as the Cougars picked up their fourth straight win after a season-opening extra-inning loss to Inglemoor. McAfee also picked up the win on the mound, striking out 6 batters over 6 strong innings of work. Senior shortstop Andrew Johnson homered for the Roughriders lone run of the game.

Two games from last week remain unplayed, with Woodinville-Ballard and Skyline-Garfield scheduled for Monday afternoon.